Terms like sustainability and Total Waste Management/Environmental Management Plan are becoming more common among small business and industry. While the big, Fortune 500 companies have been engaging in sustaining practices and total waste management for some time now, it is being practiced within small business and industry more than ever. Companies are realizing that these practices are good for business and while they may not be able to staff/resource an in-house environmental health & safety (EHS) team like the big players, there are many options available to outsource it to environmental professionals saving both time and money while increasing overall sustainability.

Sustainability is not strictly limited to environmental issues, but encompasses social and economic factors. It can apply to public/private sectors as well as families, or neighborhoods. Sustainability is the way we use technology, the environment, education, business, etc., to insure that resources are not only available now, but will also be available for future generations. The Environmental Protection Agency refers to it as the principle of sustainability: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

One way a company, or organization can immediately impact sustainability is to have a Total Waste Management Plan (TWMP) in place. This is much more intentional than just setting out recycling containers for plastic, paper, and aluminum. Think of the TWMP as an audit done by environmental experts who understand things like water flow, power usage, waste disposal (hazardous/non-hazardous) and the details and government regulations involving the handling and removal, and transport of each kind of waste, etc.

Environmental and industrial engineers are trained to meet with the company owner(s), or person responsible for operations and go through a wide variety of topics all aimed at reducing overall waste, conserving energy, being a cleaner and greener corporate citizen with an eye on the future.

A Total Waste Management plan is really a partnership between the company and the environmental service provider. A strong firm will sit down and listen to your story, ask questions and evaluate the current situation, needs and desires. They will also note what you are doing well that may even be improved upon. The idea is not to sell a small, medium, or large package, but to personally develop a plan that is custom tailored to your company’s unique context and budget.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services we love helping clients design a company specific Total Waste Management Plan and we even provide training for management and production to make sure everyone understands the changes and new procedures and processes. Contact us today and let us help you discover how you can not only be successful, but be a good steward of resources and meet federal, state and local regulations as necessary.

Mike Watts, President

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.


What is it, exactly?

In strict terms, ISO 14001 is the international standard by which the specified requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS) are measured. Ok, so… what’s an EMS? According to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), an EMS is “part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfill compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities.”

It all sounds very lofty. And it is. But it needn’t be daunting. ISO 14001, in layman’s terms, is a system used by businesses to shore up energy wastes and inefficiencies. It simply provides a framework that an organization can follow to get greener. It’s also a completely voluntary standard too, that organizations can certify to if they so elect.

Of course, virtually every company today strives to be more environmentally responsible and sustainable. It’s become a cost of entry, if you will. And businesses that make a concerted effort to comply with ISO 14001 certification will reap numerous rewards, in addition to being better stewards of the environment.

A Few Benefits of ISO 14001

Reduces Waste

Who wouldn’t want that? Reducing waste will also limit consumption and lower
operating costs in areas you might not have considered.

Attracts More Business

Going green looks good to partners, vendors, and customers. It could even help win contracts from competitors.

Saves Time

Auditing your company’s processes and procedures invariably leads to increased efficiencies across the board.

Promotes Safety

Everything is scrutinized and optimized to promote worker safety and morale. This will strengthen the bond between workers and management.

Fosters Innovation

Any time a company seeks to improve processes new unexpected innovations often arise. It leads to a company-wide, forward-thinking with customers and clients.

Reduces Carbon Footprint

If you don’t know what your carbon footprint is then it’s probably larger than it should be. ISO 14001 puts practices into place that conserve resources and energy usage.

Saves Money

Let us emphasize…ISO 14001 will reduce costs, increase efficiencies, eliminate unnecessary waste, streamline processes…all of which radically lowers costs.

Our team can assist with helping you prepare for an ISO audit

We realize that all companies and industries are different, with production processes and systems that are unique and often require highly regulated solutions. We can help you determine how you can meet the requirements of ISO 14001 certification. Contact us today if you want to put your company in the green.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.